Marlins Today

August 22, 2009 11:45 PM

Game #123: Marlins @ Braves

Turner Field - 7:30 PM - Anibal Sanchez vs Javier Vazquez


Anibal Sanchez returned with a bang on Friday night, taking a no-hitter into the 6th and ultimately giving up just one run. With backing from Hanley Ramirez and Jeremy Hermida, Sanchez went on to win his first game since April in the first game of a potentially huge three game series against the Braves.

Anibal Sanchez: 6 IP, 2 H, ER, 2 BB, 7 K - Walked two in the 1st, one to the leadoff man which moved the Marlins into 8th in the league in leadoff walks allowed and one on four pitches but rolled a double play ball to get out of it after just 14 pitches. Still, it was a typical 2009 Sanchez inning: more balls than strikes. However, those erratics disappeared after the 1st and for the rest of the night, he looked reminiscent of his 2006 self. Mixing speeds between a 91 mph fastball and a 71 mph curveball while mixing in a fantastic moving outpitch change, Sanchez threw first pitch strikes to 14 of his 20 hitters, got into 11 two strike counts, and set down 14 in a row before giving up his first hit to the opposing pitcher in the 6th (probably for the best considering he was supposed to be on a pitch count). He got out of that inning by rolling his third DP of the game. In the top of the next inning, he got an ab and laid down a perfect bunt, moving Wes Helms to third with only one out and setting up Ross Gload's rbi single. he exited after just one pitch in the 7th. It wasn't a bad one, just one that Ryan Church guessed right on and knocked down the first base line for a double, the only XBH Sanchez gave up. Unfortunately, that run came in to score after he left, ruining his shutout. Still, it was a fantastic return for Sanchez, probably the best we've seen since the return of Josh Johnson and everyone knows how that's worked itself out. Does this mean Sanchez is going to be in the same form for the rest of the year? No. He had a few similar stat lines earlier this season before hitting the DL for what seems like an umpteenth time. hHwever, this was definitely a very encouraging sign.

Hanley Ramirez: 3-4, R, 3 RBI, K - Stranded a runner on base in the 3rd, the sixth in a row that he had stranded in his last three games. He ended that streak in his next AB, knocking Gload in from second with a broken bat base hit and knocking him in again along with himself in his next AB with a two run homer. Evidently, the six stranded streak was a practical joke.

Dan Meyer: 0.1 IP, 2 H, 2 ER - Pitched to three lefties, threw more balls than strikes, and gave up a three run homer that allowed the braves to get back in the game. Meyer's disappointing August continues as he now owns an 11.2 ERA and a 1.59 WHIP in it. The fact that he's faced more than double the amount of lefties to righties may have something to do with that. His career BAA vs RHB is 40 points lower than it is against LHB. this year, it is 47 points lower.

Jeremy Hermida: 2-4, R, RBI, K - This guy has had no such trouble this month. His solo homer in the 7th was his second in four games and ran his August OPS up to .899, which is on pace to be his best career month.

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